Doug Pederson, season opener QB Nick Foles and the rest of the boys in green are back in action as of this Thursday night for the first game of the Philadelphia Eagles 2018 season. With family-oriented celebrations planned at Penns Landing for the reigning Super Bowl champions, where’s a hungry and thirsty grown-up Eagles fanatic to get a tasty adult beverage or three? Here’s a quick look at our favorite Philly bars to watch the Eagles this year.
Philly bars to watch the Eagles 2018 season
Chickie’s & Pete’s (1526 Packer Ave.)
The home of crab fries and Fantasy Football Draft Nights has locations dotted across the map, but it’s the South Philly location near Stadium Alley in South Philly that’s the best C&P to get your drink on. That’s what it means to have three bars, an 18-feet high television screen and become an Eagles team promotional partner. Plus, this season, you can buy a commemorative Eagles victory/C&P mug for $9 with $2 refills. chickiesandpetes.com
McGillin’s Olde Ale House (1310 Drury St.)
The oldest operating tavern in Philadelphia is all about the sporting life, with its own brews (McGillin’s 1860 IPA, McGillin’s Real Ale, McGillin’s Genuine Lager), a handful of oversized TVs and a vibe that’s convivial, rowdy and downtown-y. Plus, though they advertise themselves as the ‘greenest’ Irish bar in their country with its sustainability and recycling initiatives, I like to imagine that means Eagles green.
City Tap House University City (3925 Walnut St.), City Tap House Logan Square (2 Logan Sq.)
Not yet ready to take on the local chain fiefdom of Chickie’s, these City Tap Houses offer stone fire pits (sounds a bit warm for what is promised to be 90 degree heat that day) and a roof deck on Walnut, great views of Art Museum row outside Logan Square, mega-screens, gastropup culinary amenities and – between them – 100 brews on tap. ucity.citytap.com, logan.citytap.com
Stats on 17th (111 S. 17th St.)
C’mon, their grand opening in Sept 6, right in time for the Eagles 2018 season. Along with popping its cork on the season, this upscale, 10,000-square-foot sprawler goes two ways: $5 16-oz. Bud Light Eagles bottle during Eagles games for the everyday Joe, projection walls and bottle bar service in VIP areas and 20 HDTVs for all. They’re also planning a “stats wall” where photos of top patrons will hang with their key stats and autographs. facebook.com/statson17th
XFINITY Live! (1100 Pattison Ave.)
In its attempt to prove that bigger is better when it comes to Philly bars, this roofed-over co-mingling of Victory Beer Hall, PBR Bar & Grill, Broad Street Bullies Pub, NBC Sports Arena, Live! VIP Lounge and 1100 Social. Covers the ground of 100 televisions big and small, the granddaddy of HD screens (the massive 32-footer) and more wings, things, craft beers and not so crafty beers. xfinitylive.com
Tradesman’s (1322 Chestnut St.)
If Philly bars like this that have a 10-foot-tall wall screen, open window seating (for necessary screaming), whiskey and new American barbecue doesn’t lure you to this new Center City haunt for game day, what will? facebook.com/tradesmansphl
Somo SoPhi (3101 S. 13th St.)
You know how you pray for that extra point or that last minute reception? Philly-born footballer Jahri Evans – currently a free agent – has played for New Orleans’ Saints, Seattle’s Seahawks and Green Bay’s Packers before returning home for season. As a teen, though, he played for Frankford High. All of these things combined make him the perfect candidate to open (with wife Takia Evans and Somo Manayunk’s James Morrissey) a sports bar-ish lounge that comes complete with Eagles’ green moss as part of its décor. If anyone is throwing a good gamed day opener, it’s a baller. They’re racing to open for Sept. 6. Stay tuned. somosophi.com